What Variables Determine the Price of One Yard of Concrete?


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Variables that determine the price of one yard of concrete include preparing the subbase, grading, reinforcing, forms and finishing, and the concrete itself, as of 2015. The average price for ready-mix concrete was $93 per cubic yard nationwide in 2013. Consumers should consult local concrete contractors to obtain project estimates.

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Gravel or sand delivery, or subbase preparation, costs $12 to $18 per cubic yard. The amount of dirt moved affects grading costs; prices range from $50 to $70 per hour, including equipment. Concrete forming and finishing is labor-intensive work and costs from $1.50 to $2 per square foot. Contractors must reinforce concrete to minimize cracking; the cost runs from $0.15 to $0.30 per square foot. Plain concrete prices run between $3.25 and $5.25 per square foot; stained, stamped or specially finished concrete costs substantially more.

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